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James Ronald Swan, Standing In Sweet Grass Hills, 28, passed away Friday November 23, 2018 at Northern Montana Care Center due to natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Rocky Boy Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit James’ online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com. James was born on November 19, 1990 in Havre, Montana to Leona and Ronald Swan. James attended Rocky Boy Schools his whole life, graduating from High School in 2009. After High School, he entered service in the United States Navy and was later honorably discharged. After discharge, he briefly attended Stone Child College, majoring in Natural Resources. James will be forever remembered by his family and friends for his sense of humor, although ridiculous, he always made everyone laugh. He spent his days going on adventures with the love of his life, Tiffany and their puppy Phoebe. They loved to hunt and fish, go camping, and drive around the Bear Paw Mountains. James also loved playing video games and met some great friends on Xbox Live. Driving was one of James’ passions in life, he especially loved to cruise his Ford Mustang around for hours. He eventually found a job with the Rocky Boy Health Board as a Transportation Driver that combined his passion for driving and helping people. He later continued his passion for helping people by working as Office Manager for the Chippewa Cree Tribal Child Support Program before his health required him to retire. James was the best road trip partner, combining his eclectic taste in music and nerdy dance moves to provide hours of entertainment. James, Tiffany, Brian, and Jamie went on many long road trips to concerts and even one to watch the New York Yankees to see one of Derek Jeter’s final games. He also loved the Oakland Raiders, and in fact, still owes Jamie $50 for their failed attempt at the Super Bowl. He was always confident that this was their year. James also fancied himself a chef, spending many hours trying to perfect his menudo recipe. He always had a bottle of hot sauce nearby. By far the best thing about James was his love for his family and his friends. He cared so deeply about those he loved, he loved and admired his dad more than anything, spending his Sundays watching football with him rooting for the Griz and the Raiders. He started the process to donate his niece a kidney and was so upset when he found out that he wasn’t a candidate. James’ passing will leave a void in everyone’s life and no day will ever go by without us thinking about him and the smile he left on all of our faces. James was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents James and Madeline Oats, paternal grandparents Charles and Margaret Swan, uncles Kenny Stump and Robert “Bob” Swan. Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Leona Swan, his wife Tiffany Louis-Clark, brothers Russell Houle Jr., Leon Houle, and Dustin Webster all of Rocky Boy, MT. His sisters Heather (Charles LaFromboise) Oats, Jamie (Brian) Molina, Ashley Oats all of Rocky Boy, MT, Sherri (Mike Thomas) Swan of Chandler, AZ, Susan (Ken) Hale of Havre, MT, Rose (Evin Carr) Swan of an RV somewhere in America, Katherine (Joe Weber) Swan of Missoula, MT, and Rachel (Trent) Swan-Harding of Des Moines, IA. Along with many relatives and friends too numerous to name.


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Lavern William “Mick” Azure, 83, passed away due to natural causes in Great Falls on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Lavern's family has suggested memorial donations be made in his name to the Havre VFW Post 497. Lavern was born June 6, 1933, in Chinook to Albert and Louise (Jeonette) Azure. He was raised in Chinook and Havre, attending school in Havre. Lavern met Patricia Houle in 1957 and were united in marriage shortly thereafter and were blessed with four beautiful children, Mona, Michelle, Brenda and Greg. Lavern was in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954, where he spent time in Korea serving 3 tours of duty during the Korean Conflict. He was honored with the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service medal and United Nations Service Medal. After being honorably discharged from the service, he moved back to Havre. He was a highly accomplished self-taught carpenter earning the status of Master Carpenter during his lifetime of building homes and commercial buildings throughout the Western United States. Lavern retired in 1990. He loved life and lived it to fullest right to the end, he loved to listen to country music, reading and discussing the bible, working on projects around his home, spending time with his children and grandchildren and most of all he loved running the world and solving its problems with his many good friends during their daily gathering at McDonald’s. Lavern was preceded in death by beloved wife Patricia, his parents Albert and Louise, his siblings Jerry, Ronald, Lester, Curtis, June, Delores and Georgeanna. He is survived by his children Mona (Ricky) Sunchild of Rocky Boy, Michelle (Tony) Woods of Box Elder, Brenda Azure of Box Elder and Greg (Rachel) Azure of Helena; grandchildren Allie (Cody) Sunchild-Mattfeldt of Havre, John Sunchild of Missoula, Summer Woods of Box Elder; greatgrandson Calen “The Superstar” Sunchild-Mattfeldt; brothers Alan (Kay), Lonnie (Linda-May) and sister Linda and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.


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Kermitt J. Corcoran, 63, passed away on July 18, 2018 at Northern Montana Hospital surrounded by his children. His wake will begin at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018 and continue through Friday, July 20, 2018. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018 all at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Rocky Boy. Burial will be at the Veterans Cemetery on Laredo Road in Rocky Boy. Please visit Kermitt’s online memorial page to leave a message of condolence for his family. Holland and Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Kermitt was born January 22, 1955 to Joe and Cecelia Corcoran in Fort Belknap, MT. He attended school in Box Elder and Havre. He joined the Army and served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1980. When he returned from the war, Kermitt worked in the construction industry as a carpenter. He enjoyed reading his bible, daily prayer, and watching TV. Kermitt is survived by his common law wife, Angela Eagleman of Havre; his daughters, Roberta Corcoran, Lacy Russette, Chrystal Corcoran, Celestine Plante, and Josephine Morsette; his sons, Anthony, Austin, Adrian, and Paul Corcoran; his sisters, Lou Ann Belcourt, Leota Standing Bear, and Linda Belcourt; brothers, Robert Belcourt, Sonny Belcourt, John Corcoran, and Merle Belcourt. Also 21 Grandchildren and 1 Great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cecelia Parker Corcoran; father, Joe Corcoran, Margaret “Peggy” Nagel, Tammi Frost, Elsie Beboe, Gerald Belcourt, Levi Belcourt Jr., Duane Belcourt, Bert Corcoran, Robert Corcoran, William “Corky” Corcoran, Bert Corcoran, and Florence Gourley.


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Theodore B. “Teddy” Russette, Jr., 90, passed away due to natural causes on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Northern Montana Hospital. Wake services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, all at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Russette Family Cemetery in Duck Creek. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Teddy’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com. Teddy was born on April 30, 1928, in Rocky Boy to Theodore and Ursula (Ladue) Russette. He was raised in Rocky Boy, attending school there. In 1946, Teddy joined the US Army Air Corps, and served until his honorable discharge in 1948. He returned home to Rocky Boy, where he married Alice Meyers in 1951, and the couple had seven children. Teddy worked as a rancher most of his life, and possessed a variety of skills, which he put to use as a rancher and in other aspects of his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and pretty much anything that involved the outdoors, along with watching westerns. His time at the casino was fun; but he loved playing cards and house parties with his family. Hot fires, coffee, and sweets made from coconut and caramel were his favorites. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life, and he loved to tease them. Teddy was preceded in death by his wife Alice Russette; three grandchildren, Athena, BJ, and Crystal Russette; parents Theodore and Ursula Russette; and sisters Darlene Berger and Rita Saddler. He is survived by his daughters, Denise Crow, Juanita DeCora, Mona (Steve) Galbavy, Ursula (Maynard Limberhand) Russette, and Tashina Russette, all of Rocky Boy; sons Theodore (Carol) Russette, Gilbert (Darcy) Russette, David (Mary) Russette, and Spencer Russette, all of Rocky Boy; 35 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Paul “Buddy” Russette, Sr. of Havre; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

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